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Nuance Joins Open Handset Alliance to Expand Mobile Market, Sets Stage for Robust Speech-Enabled Mobile Applications

Nuance Announces Programs to Help Mobile Industry Move from Basic Speech Capabilities to Advanced Voice Search Applications and Services

BURLINGTON, Mass., November 5, 2007 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), a leading provider of speech solutions, today announced that it has joined the Open Handset Alliance, a partnership of more than 30 global mobile industry leaders who share a common goal of fostering innovation on mobile devices and giving consumers a far better user experience than much of what is available on today's mobile platforms.For more information, please visit www.openhandsetalliance.com.

“Our participation in the Open Handset Alliance will help us capitalize on the intense interest carriers and device manufacturers have shown for mobile speech technologies and services,” said Steve Chambers, president, Mobile and Consumer Services Division, of Nuance. “Working with the Alliance will introduce speech applications to a global developer community and open new markets for our mobile business. We believe our collective efforts can unleash the true potential of the mobile phone and create opportunities for Nuance to accelerate the adoption of mobile speech.”

Nuance’s contribution to Android, the open mobile platform announced today by the Open Handset Alliance, helps developers begin to build mobile applications with basic voice command functionality in US English. Beyond the open source technology, to truly unlock the potential of the mobile Web and take full advantage of the fundamental speech capabilities, Nuance will offer a complete portfolio of language models, services, applications and advanced technology programs, including:

  • Next-Generation Mobile Speech Technologies and Tools: Developers have the opportunity to build on the basic speech foundation within Android by upgrading to state-of-the-art speech engines and components, language packs, and tools based on Nuance’s industry-leading speech technology.


  • Mobile Speech Search and Mobile Messaging Applications: Working closely with Alliance members and Nuance customers, Nuance will further advance the mobile industry with the distribution of Nuance-developed applications, including Nuance® Mobile Search for services such as local search, music search and Web search, and Nuance® Mobile Messaging for messaging services such as SMS and email dictation, email read-out and voicemail-to-text.


  • Nuance Mobile Professional Services: With more mobile application development expertise than any other vendor in the industry, Nuance offers developers the professional services needed to develop, optimize and deploy robust mobile speech applications built on top of the Android platform.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

Nuance and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other product names or company names referenced herein may be the property of their respective owners.

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